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Accident: 200758753 - Employee Falls From Fixed Ladder, Hits Head, Later Dies

Accident: 200758753 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 12/01/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31183961712/08/20082048Gerber And Sons, Inc.
At approximately 6:10 a.m. on December 1, 2008, Employee #1 was climbing the 11-ft-high fixed ladder of a bulk feed trailer to gain access to a catwalk to load the feed. Employee #1 fell and struck his head. After Employee #1 fell, he got up and climbed back up the ladder and completed loading the truck. Employee #1 then loaded another truck before going inside the mill and setting down. At that time a coworker asked Employee #1 if he was OK. Employee #1 stated that he had fallen while climbing the ladder and hit his head but that he was fine. Approximately 15 minutes later, Employee #1 started slurring his speech and vomited. Emergency Services were called and Employee #1 was transported to a hospital for the head injury. At the hospital, fluid was drained from Employee #1's brain and he was put in an induced coma and life support. Employee #1 died on December 6, 2008.
Keywords: head, grain, fixed ladder, fall, trailer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311839617 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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